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09 July 2003 @ 08:16 am
"Just Call Them Crazy "  
Oh, man, you gotta see this.

Now, in general, activists annoy me, but this is something else entirely. This kid, Alex Asch, was attending Institute for Social Ecology, a radically inclined institution of higher education located in Plainfield, Vermont. His parents hired two juvenile transport officers to remove him from the Institute. After removing him from the school he was forced to go to Turnabout Stillwater, a juvenile rehabilitation program located in Utah affiliated with the Mormon church. There he will be held against his will until his 18th birthday in June 2004. They did this by having him diagnosed with "Oppositional Defiance Disorder", which is defined as a disorder including symptoms such as often losing one's temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with adults' requests, deliberately annoying people, blaming others for mistakes, being touchy or easily annoyed, and often being spiteful, vindictive, or angry.

Is it just me, or is this pretty much the definition of your average teenager? The sad part is that ths is all completely legal...and that scares me the most. By those standards, ANYONE that speaks out on anything, ANYONE even vaguely radical in ANY direction, can be labeled 'disordered'.

Read more here. Be afraid.
Current Music: Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself
lilinchylde on July 9th, 2003 08:47 am (UTC)

I find that very disturbing. Are we moving towards a communist society or what?!

i'm going to save the article so i can read it when my eyes aren't so wiggly. hehe
Sribbles McBottomfootachmanage on July 9th, 2003 08:49 am (UTC)
From the makers of "My 12 year old son has ADD!" comes a new book, "My thirteen year-old son won't obey me without a spanking!" Find it at your local trash recepticles, everywhere!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 9th, 2003 10:39 am (UTC)
Yeppers...anything to lay the blame elsewhere.
~Jojo~: jobunches3jobunches on July 9th, 2003 08:50 am (UTC)
...hell then my two teenagers have that disorder!
My daughter is going to be 19 on July 20th and my son will be 15 in September...They both act like that all the time...LOL! My Mom says it's normal!

That was a scary read...I feel bad for Alex!

visioluxus on July 9th, 2003 09:54 am (UTC)
First of all "Yikes!" and secondly I remeber reading about the whole defining of the disorder but swear that after reviewing the research some authoratative medical board deemed it absurd, if you can believe that, and the "condition" is no longer a valid medical diagnosis. It figure it would still be around in Utah.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 9th, 2003 10:48 am (UTC)
That's Utah for you...yeesh. Frickin' Mormons. ;)
Chrisclipdude on July 9th, 2003 11:50 am (UTC)
I find this really creepy.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 9th, 2003 03:13 pm (UTC)
Very 1984, isn't it? Thought Police, indeed!
kitty_blackwell on July 9th, 2003 12:35 pm (UTC)
Ah yes, ODD, one of the labels they've thrown at me as a potential consideration for my eldest son. My response? "Whatever!!!"
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 9th, 2003 03:17 pm (UTC)
It's bad enough that our culture just seems to make up these 'disorders' to help take the blame off of bad parenting or even just growing up, but THIS is ridiculous!
moonversion on July 12th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
"When you can't keep your kids home to brainwash them with religion, bring back by force!"

That is very scary. Children need more rights and access to them to stop this sort of crap.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on July 12th, 2003 09:33 pm (UTC)
This shit is just WRONG.